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Engaging in the Election

by Neeka Samimi, a freshman at Washington-Lee High School

Although the vast majority of teenagers can't vote, many are getting involved in the current presidential elections by campaigning or even just supporting a candidate on Twitter. I think that's great, and here's why:

-Voting will soon be your duty! There's a lot of great experiences you'll be able to have when you become an adult, and voting is one of them. The great benefit of living in a democratic country is getting to voice your opinions on who you think is best qualified to lead the country, the state, and even just Arlington County. (After all, voting is important on all levels, from School Board to President of the United States.) No one is going to know what you want unless you show the country by voting. So it's better to get to know the candidates now, as you might be voting for--or against--the reelection of one of them in 2020.

-The election affects you. If you haven't noticed, a huge part of the disagreement among Republican and Democratic presidential candidates is over college tuition. For example, Bernie Sanders proposes that all public colleges and universities should be tuition-free. That would directly affect your life in a few years. Even the debate that's not specifically over young people or college will affect you in big ways. Issues like healthcare and LGBT rights can make an impact on restrictions and laws that matter to you.

You don't have to go door-to-door campaigning for a candidate, but maybe tune in to the conventions this July. Try watching a few political analysis shows on CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News, or read some articles on the Washington Post or New York Times' websites. By getting informed, you can form your own opinions about the people wanting to be your leader.

Posted: May 16, 2016 by Website Editor

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